Sabine Lisicki set the world record at the Aegon Classic on Wednesday, firing 27 aces—a new WTA record for most in a single match—in her win over Belinda Bencic.
Sabine Lisicki set the world record at the Aegon Classic on Wednesday, firing 27 aces in her win over Belinda Bencic. Lisicki also broke the WTA record for the most aces in a single match, hitting 16 in the first set and 11 in the second set. The former Wimbledon finalist went on to win the match, beating the 18-year-old Swiss 6–1, 7–6(4). She also holds the record for the the fastest recorded serve all time—a 131 mph serve against Ana Ivanovic in Stanford in 2014.
"It's nice to have another record!" Lisicki said in her on-court interview. "It's obviously a good weapon to have on grass. And I love playing on grass, so it's nice to be back at the Aegon Classic Birmingham."
Before Wednesday, Kaia Kanepi and Serena Williams shared the WTA's all-time record, as Kanepi hit 24 aces vs. Lucie Safarova in Tokyo in 2008 and Serena hit 24 vs. Victoria Azarenka at Wimbledon in 2012. Lisicki plays Magdalena Rybarikova next in Birmingham.
Watch highlights of the record-breaking match below: